World Blood Donor Day is celebrated each year on June 14 to raise awareness about blood donation, since its inception in 2005.
Every year millions of blood transfusions take place that save millions of lives.
To acknowledge value of blood donors, World Health Organisation (WHO) organises World blood donor day on 14 June every year.
This year WHO event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood,
also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood.
The host country for World Blood Donor Day 2019 is Rwanda.
The theme for World Blood Day 2019 is “Safe blood for all” and the campaign will raise awareness about the “universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.”
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner (14 June, 1868).
First celebration was initiated and established on 14 June, 2004 by the “World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies” with an aim to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person.
Blood donation is critical for those haemorrhaging, or those who have met with an accident and are losing blood.
It is even more important for complicated pregnancies like ectopic pregnancies, children with anaemia, cancer patients and those undergoing medical procedures and surgeries.
The Red Cross says there’s typically a steep decline in blood donations during the summer, when vacations and school breaks keep people busy.
The Red Cross needs more than 13,000 donations each day to maintain its supply across the US.